What Is Art Therapy?
What is Transpersonal Art Therapy?
If I were to describe Art Therapy I would say Art Therapy is a form of non-verbal therapy through art, using various mediums that encourages awareness and personal insight. It is a space of non-judgment as there is no right or wrong with the art created. How does this sound to you?
The Transpersonal component is basically an invitation to explore beyond the self and engage our subconscious within the held space provided, via the art process. It is a way of accessing inner healing and personal insights. Does this make sense?
If there is something in particular that you would like to explore you will be asked to represent the situation through the mediums presented and to represent your feelings associated with the issue or situation using colour, shape and size. If you are unsure of what you would like to work on first I will guide you through a brief body mapping for you to sense how you may be feeling and we can start from there.
It is client centred so you will only go as far as you feel comfortable. Remember - you are the boss!
In regards to group work it does not go as deep as one on one however it can be used to represent and witness scenarios as whole, bringing about a feeling that we are all in this together it's just that we all deal with situations differently. Once it is represented as a group it can be acknowledged as a whole, with a sense of support for each other without having to use words.
Working with the elderly one on one is kept light and bright, bringing about positive memory recall. People with dementia find the practice stimulating as they are free to create anything they like, there is no right or wrong.